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    Moe's Villa and Other Stories
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) James Purdy
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 245
    Width: 140 mm
    Height: 216 mm
    Thickness: 20 mm
    Weight: 295 g
    ISBN 13: 9781900850377
    ISBN 10: 1900850370

    BIC E4L: GEN
    DC21: 813.54
    BIC E4L: SST
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: F1.2
    BIC subject category V2: FA, FYB
    BISAC V2.8: FIC000000, FIC029000
    Thema V1.0: FBA, FYB
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    Publication date
    22 July 2000
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    Review text
    Henry James observed that short stories are 'at that exquisite point where poetry ends and reality begins': a perfect description of the tales in this book. There is a wide-ranging selection of short stories in this collection, some being reminiscent of the Brothers Grimm; the opening tale 'Kitty Blue' is the story of an Opera singer and her talking cat and 'A Little Variety Please' is an enchanting story of a maiden who falls in love with a green dragon. But Purdey's narratives aren't solely restricted to the weird and wonderful. Besides fantasy there's also basic human emotion, such as all consuming avarice or unattainable expectation. Read about Gertrude's not inconsiderable fortune, which she bequeaths to her cook. Or Bonnie who grows fatter and fatter, loses her marriage and leaves a dove to her estranged husband, for safekeeping. Each story is skillfully constructed, with never a word or phrase out of place. And throughout everything runs the underlying theme of dignity of the human spirit. In the final analysis it's impossible to single out any particular story from the rest. Suffice it to say each of the twelve tales is equally compelling. With stories demanding to be read and re-read Moe's Villa & Other Stories is not to be forgotten. (Kirkus UK)